Critics Focus on Gabby Douglas' Hair, Supporters Keep Their Eyes on the Medals

The gold medalist's hair is getting some attention, but it's still her skills that take center stage

Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is the first African-American woman to win the all-around individual competition. But as she waved to a crowd of screaming fans with the gold medal draped around her neck, some people were more interested in her hair.

"It was her heart and soul and her skills that won," said Julie Cox. "Obviously that’s a petty way to look at it. I'm just proud for her."

Criticism of her hair was trending Thursday and Friday in social media. However, her many fans were eager to defend.

"Do we stop our girls from doing things because we're concerned about, is their hair going to look African American?" said Cheryl Duffy, owner of Coiffures Salon. "It has regrowth, the roots have come back. I got an issue with that. It's not just about the hair."

"Doing the hair is lovely," Duffy said. "It's glamorizing us. But it doesn't make who you are."

Supporters say forget the hair. They're thrilled the 16 year old made history, including some famous names.

Actor George Takei took to Twitter to express his disappointment in Douglas’ hair critics.


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"Gabby Douglas wins TWO gold medals in gymnastics, and people focus on her HAIR? Shameful," he wrote.

To the delight of fans, Douglas spoke of hard work and not her hair on The Today Show Friday.

"Gold medals are made of sweat blood and tears," Douglas said, “and your efforts in the gym every day."

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